Summer Garden Maintenance Progress

Over the summer our school garden interns maintained, watered, weeded and planted at 37 Atlanta area schools in Fulton and Cobb counties! Especially important were work days scheduled with the entire Planeteer team in which the Planeteers worked with school administrators and garden coordinators to install new gardens and revitalize existing Gardens.

Clarkdale – July 10, 2013
The Planeteers were busy as they intensively weeded, spread mulch, planted new seeds and put down cardboard to repress weed growth at Clarkdale Elementary. Teaming up with 2nd Grade teacher, Lisa Whitfield, and her daughter, we were able to plant new seeds, harvest summer squashes and beans and get the weeds under control!

Cascade – July 12, 2013
Our trip to Cascade proved fruitful as we revitalized the school’s orchard by pulling weeds, clearing ant beds and putting down cardboard and mulch to repress future weeds. Joining up with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and a group of Emory Scholars, we were able to clear weeds and create mulch “donuts” around the trees to protect and enhance their growing potential.

Big Shanty – July 17, 2013
Working with Jamee Douglass, 5th grade teacher extraordinaire, the Captain Planet team cleared a large area of grass to make a brand new pollinator garden with seating for the kids. We also installed 2 new rectangular beds and added rich, dark compost to get the beds ready for school! Return trip: plant stuff for pollinator, two triangle beds and more dirt.

Barber Middle School – July 19, 2013
The Captain Planet Team, media center staff, garden expert David Jones, and the fabulous volunteer group from Atlanta Hitachi Consulting joined forces to replant and renew several of the raised beds at Barber Middle school with okra, squash, watermelon and black-eyed peas. To make sure the garden was also school-ready we refilled beds with fresh compost and added mulch and cardboard across walkways to supress weeds.

Kemp Elementary School – July 24, 2013

Kemp had some major weed clearing to do but many hands made light work! With the heroic help of teacher MaryJo Groenveld and several local high school students the Captain Planet Foundation made this overgrown garden back-to-school ready!